3/24/15 IMPORTANT NEWS. DUE TO A SNOWSTORM WE RESCEDULED THE HELL OF HUNTERDON TO 4/4/15, THE SAME DATE AS THE FOOLS CLASSIC. WE HAVE MERGED THE 2 EVENTS ONTO THE HELL OF HUNTERDON COURSE.
ALL RIDERS REGISTERD FOR THE FOOLS CLASSIC BY 3/20/15 HAVE BEEN AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED INTO THE HELL OF HUNTERDON.
A LIMITED NUMBER OF SLOTS FOR THE HELL OF HUNTERDON ARE AVAILABLE. REGISTRATION WILL REOPEN AT NOON ON 3/25/15 ON BIKEREG
WE INTEND TO ANNOUNCE A DATE LATER IN THE YEAR FOR A RIDE ON THE FOOLS CLASSIC COURSE. IT WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THIS SITE.
The Fools Classic is a challenging ca 76 mile ride held in bucolic Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It is one of the first rides in the US that emulates the conditions of the Northern European Spring Classics.
Despite being founded long prior to the Revolutionary War, Bucks County doesn't have much in terms of cobblestone roads, but due to its rural nature, there are many unsealed roads of dirt and gravel.
Glaciers carved out what is now the Delaware River, yielding some steep hills leading out of the river valley. These conditions combined with the dirt roads, lends perfectly to a tribute to the Ronde Van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders).
While the route varies year-to-year, the concept is constant; ride a circuit of roads less traveled past picturesque farms, pre-revolutionary stone houses, and take in as many of the local unsealed roads as practical.
The unsealed roads are all maintained public roads that are used daily by standard vehicles. They are perfectly suitable for standard road bikes with normal road tires, though the organizers recommend that you leave the lightweight stuff at home, and suggest that tiresl larger than 23mm will make your ride more enjoyable.
The conditions and date of the Fools Classic make it a perfect tune up/training ride for those going to the Tour of the Battenkill on April 18-19th.